Narodnyia belorusskiia pesni. Sobrany E. P. [Belarusian folk songs, collected by E. P.].

St. Petersburg: V tipografii Eduarda Veimara, 1853. Octavo (19.7 × 12.8 cm). Contemporary quarter-calf, original yellow printed wrappers preserved (front and back); [4], III, [2], 6-86 pp. Private stamp "Ex libris Bronislai Epimachi-Schipillo" and Schipillo's signature and purchase note to title and front free end paper. Binding worn; hinges starting; upper spine extremity frayed; internally lightly soiled, but overall about very good. Item #4573

One of the earliest published collections of Belarusian folk songs, anonymously compiled and issued by Elizaveta I. Pavlovskaia, who was then only 23 years old. She is now widely considered to be the first female Belarusian writer and collector of folklore. The texts were collected in the Bychau (Bykhov) region of Mogilev Oblast, and are here rendered into Russian. Her slim collection is divided into seasonal chants and songs, lyrical tunes and "dumki", as well as a series of wedding songs, along with very detailed descriptions of traditional Belarusian wedding riduals in the region. Pavlovskaia intended them to be used as "material" for a future scientific approach by philologists, and indeed the book was reviewed in the journals "Sovremennik" and "Otechestvennye zapiski" (as early as 1853). This copy from the collection of Bronislav Epimakh-Shipilo (1859-1934), the noted Belarusian literary scholar, folklorist, publisher and political activist, who lived and worked in St. Petersburg and was falsely accused of being member of a counter-revolutionary Belarusian organization in 1930.

Rare, with KVK, OCLC showing only the copy at the Library of Congress (the Yudin copy).

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